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Percentage of St Louisans With Sub-Prime Credit Has Improved to Pre-Housing Bubble Levels

The percentage of people in St Louis with a sub-prime credit score (below 660) has continued to improve since peaking in most St Louis area counties around 2008, according to the latest data released by Equifax.  As the interactive map below shows, 30.63% of the people in the city of St Louis had sub-prime credit in the 4th quarter of 2016.  This is a decline from the 4th quarter of 2008 when it was 38.42% and even down from 2006, the year of the peak of the St Louis housing market, when 34.21% of people in the city of St Louis had sub-prime credit.

As the map shows, from the 5-county core St Louis market, St Charles County has the lowest percentage of sub-prime borrowers at 21.07%.  From the entire St Louis metro area, Monroe County in Illinois has the lowest percentage of sub-prime borrowers at 16.11%.  At the other end of the spectrum, the city of St Louis has the highest percentage of sub-prime borrowers from within the 5-county core St Louis market and Washington County, at 35.09%, has the highest percentage of people with sub-prime credit in the St Louis MSA.

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Percentage of people with sub-prime credit score (below 660) – 4th Quarter 2016

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